Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book - 55 Rosee

Recipes from John Crophill's Commonplace Book (Harley MS 1735)

This manuscript is dated before 1485.

The 69 recipes in John Crophill's Commonplace Book are on pages 16v through 28v.

Images of the original manuscript are freely available on the British Library website.

I have done my best to provide an accurate, but readable transcription. Common abbreviations have been expanded, the letters thorn and yogh have been replaced with their modern equivalents, and some minor punctuation has been added.

Copyright © 2015 by Daniel Myers,


[55.] Rosee
Tak flour of rys tempre it with almaunde melke lye it tyl it be chargeaunt tak braun of caponys or of hennys hew it & grynd it smal charge it with al colour it with alysaundre or with blood force it with clowes & maces seson it with sugre [f.27v] gret plente.


As with the previous recipe, there was an earlier version of Rosee in Crophill (recipe number 35), and again this second version is much closer to the recipe in Liber.
Rose. Take flour of ryse, as whyte as sylke, And hit welle, with almond mylke. Boyle hit tyl hit be chargyd, þenne Take braune of capone or elle of henne. Loke þou grynd hit wondur smalle, And sithen þou charge hit with alle. Coloure with alkenet, sawnder, or ellys with blode, Fors hit with clowes or macys gode. Seson hit with sugur grete plenté, Þis is a rose, as kokes telle me.  [Liber cure cocorum (England, 1430)]

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